About Nirala Publications

Nirala Publications is named after the great Indian poet, Suryakant Tripathi Nirala and is a significant South Asian publishing house featuring the best known and little known authors from India, Nepal and rest of the world. We publish amazing books of poetry, fiction and children’s books from around the world along with, scholarly books on Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Himalayan culture, shamanism and South Asia. For more than two decades its focus has been towards Nepal, Buddhism and Himalayan studies expressed in the extensive and ever growing Nirala Nepal Series. Today Nirala Publications is the largest publishing house in the world for publications on Nepal and Himalayan culture. It also aims to bring to the Asian readers the best known literature from all over world, especially poetry. We have published world renowned authors including Rabindranath Tagore, Jayanta Mahapatra, David Ray, Yuyutsu Sharma, David Austell, Evald Flisar, Larry Peters, Laxmi P Devkota, Rishikesh Shaha, Taranath Sharma, David Axelrod, Jidi Majia and others. Nirala collaborates with several foreign publishers and institutes and in future hopes to continue to present to its readers literature and original research from all over the world. In addition, it supports Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and has been instrumental in the publication of the magazine’s several special issues. For more than two decades its focus has been towards Nepal, Buddhism and Himalayan studies expressed in the extensive and ever growing Nirala Nepal Series. Today Nirala Publications is the largest publishing house in the world for publications on Nepal and Himalayan culture. It also aims to bring to the Asian readers the best known literature from all over world, especially poetry. Nirala collaborates with several foreign publishers and institutes and in future hopes to continue to present to it’s readers literature and original research from all over the world. In addition, it supports Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and has been instrumental in the publication of the magazine’s several special issues.

Pratik Fall 2020 Highlights

 
Pratik
A Magazine of Contemporary Writing
XVI No 2, Fall 2020

Art, Poetry and Music collaboration: Dreams of a Sleeping World

Art of Oscar Oiwa

Plus an interview with Hollywood Musician Chad Canon

EIGHT POETS FROM VERMONT

Chard deNiord  David Huddle Tony Whedon  Major Jackson Cleopatra Mathis  Joan Aleshire  Kerrin McCadden  Karin Gottshall   Sydney Lea

DAVID B. AUSTELL

Marshaling the Milliards

A tribute to Harlem Renaissance Hero, James Weldon Johnson

Four Poets from Nicaragua

Ernesto Cardenal  Rubén Darío  Salomón de la Selva  Joaquín Pasos

A SHEAF OF OTTAWA POEMS

Shai Ben-Shalom  Seymour Mayne  Nicola Vulpe   Betty Warrington-Kearsley  Erwin Wiens

ELEVEN  ITALIAN POETS

Claudia Russo   Flaminia Cruciani   Rita Stanzione   Zairo Ferrante  Paolo Staglianò  Antonello Airò  Cinzia Marulli  Gabriella Becherelli  Vittorio Fioravanti Grasso   Antonio Blund  Adriana Scanferla

Featuring DAVID AXELROD  CHARLES BERNSTEIN  JILL HOFFMAN BILL WOLAK, MIKE GRAVES PATRICIA CARRAGON

Plus New Work by GLORIA MINDOCK & HOWARD PFLANZER      

Afterlife:Two Poems by H.K. KAUL (1941-2020)

”The Guardian’ feature on celebrated Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma collaboration along with nine other celebrated writers at London’s Royal Kew Gardens, London!

KEW GARDENS

‘A journey around the world’: Kew Gardens offers visitors an escape

Travel the World at Kew series will showcases plants from 10 countries across six continents

Caroline Davies

Thu 20 Aug 2020 14.36 BSTLast modified on Fri 21 Aug 2020 04.37 BST

Children looking at humpback whale sculpture

Those unable to satisfy their wanderlust in these uncertain days of lockdown and travel quarantine are invited to immerse themselves in the sights, smells and spirit of faraway places – in a botanical sense at least – here in the UK.

From colossal Californian redwoods, those imposing ancient giants of the plant kingdom, to the balmy fragrance of Mediterranean rosemary and lavender, visitors to Kew Gardens in London will be transported to 10 countries across six continents within just a few hours as part of its Travel the World trail experience from next week.

The essence of a tranquil Japanese tea garden and delights of the Himalayan flora of an undulating Rhododendron dell are still within reach, for a tiny fraction of the real cost, with visitors’ senses heightened by accompanying prose, poetry and illustrations specially commissioned from talent across the world.

Sophie Rochelle walk past beds of asterids in the Agius Evolution garden within Kew Gardens, London.

 A visitor walking past beds of asterids in the Agius Evolution garden within Kew Gardens. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

“In a year when many holidays and travel plans have had to change, Travel the World at Kew will offer visitors a chance to experience the next best thing, a journey around the world inside the safety of our walls,” said Richard Barley, the director of horticulture, learning and operations at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

“Visiting 10 special locations dotted throughout our 320-acres landscape is a perfect way to reconnect with nature after months of lockdown.”

Kew’s Great Pagoda towers over plant specimens collected in China’s Sichuan province. South Africa’s bergs and kloofs are replicated in a rock garden stippled with cascading waterfalls. Eucalyptus trees arouse thoughts of Australia, as do spectacular mountain gums.

The monkey puzzle trees – “coiled succulent pine / with saurian arms, bony plates / on reptilian back” in the words of the Latino-British poet Leo Boix – are redolent of the time of dinosaurs. They evoke, too, Argentina’s “sub-Antarctic forests” and rivers of “the most radiant turquoise I’ve seen”, writes the Kew scientist Dr Laura Martinez-Suz in her accompanying prose.

Britain’s native woodlands of tall grasses, wildflowers and whispering beech and hazel are also on show. Meanwhile, Óscar Martín Centeno’s poem The dance of sunrise in the Mediterranean Garden is a dreamscape of flowers swaying in the light of a rising sun.

A centrepiece will be a large-scale humpback whale botanical living sculpture, created by the winner of the Netflix series The Big Flower Fight and on display from 22 August – 18 September.

The specially commissioned poetry and prose by literary award-nominated writers, with a strong connection to each country, are displayed alongside vibrant illustrations by artist Mark Boardman.

Visitors walk past flowering beds along the Broad Walk, Kew Gardens, London.

 Visitors walking past flowering beds along the Broad Walk at Kew Gardens, London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Writers include Joe Cottonwood, who lives in the coastal mountains of California, whose words read: “because a redwood with its power / will never preach / makes no demands / sips from the clouds / swallows the sunlight …”

The world-renowned Himalayan poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma has penned Rhododendron’s Suitor, which includes the lines: “an eternal lover / jilted by the silver-barked / suitor of the steep cliffs, / the Nepalese alder …”

Paul Denton, the head of visitor programmes at Kew, said the trail highlighted some of the “hidden gems” of Kew Gardens. “You can be reading a beautiful piece of poetry at the same time as seeing the landscape, so you can get a real sense of place and space,” he said. “It’s like taking the perfect holiday snap.”

His favourites? “I love the Californian redwoods. There is something about the colossal nature of these trees. And the monkey puzzle tree, which just has such a strangeness about it.”

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/20/a-journey-around-the-world-kew-gardens-offers-visitors-an-escape

A photo of a panel with Yuyutsu Sharma poem, “The Rhododendron’s Suitor” installed on site

New Nirala Release : Rajinder Arora’s Kailash: Jewel of Snows

Kailash: Jewel of the Snows by Rajinder Arora ISBN: 978-8193936719 Paperback pp 268 pages with 68 colour pictures + maps. Rs. 895/- Indian

Kailash: Jewel of the Snows is an enthralling account of a Delhi-based mountaineer,
and creative entrepreneur, Rajinder Arora. This is one of the first few expeditions to
Mt Kailash after the Chinese government permitted the entry of Indians to the sacred
land of Lord Shiva, highly venerated in the Hindu-Buddhist scriptures.
Extremely captivating narrative of a young atheist, Kailash sketches Rajinder’s
journey to Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, 4,600m above the sea level. Starting his
sojourn in the Indian Himalayas, he crosses over the rugged Kumaon territory and
enters the Tibetan terrain with a group of 16 individuals. Arora strays on the
forbidden trail in the Tibetan wilderness. Along the perilous trail, he moves in search
of faith and meaning in life and narrates, with awe-inspiring details and anecdotes, of
survival in the high Himalayas, exploring the cultural diversity and saga of ancient
travel along Silk Road. Having encountered the grand vision of Mt Kailash,
completely awe-struck, he stumbles his way back home with a new-found reservoir
of spirituality that had lain dormant during vagrant young years.
Profusely illustrated, embellished with highly evocative accounts of fauna and flora,
breathtaking landscape and enviable life style of the nomadic tribes, the book is a
treasure to be preserved for posterity. A must for mountaineers, spiritual believers
and non-believers alike including all those interested in keeping a true account of the
fast changing Himalayan landscape and people struggling to keep it beautiful and
sacred in the centuries to come.

An atheist takes a religious yatra and comes back with a new religion for the
mankind. Kailash’ by Rajinder Arora is a fascinating account of an arduous 30-days
high-altitude trek to the land of the Gods. In one of the sections in the book he sums
up “Ecology is Religion”. Rightly so, the mankind has endlessly exploited earth, thus
brining upon it the wrath of nature. Environmental degradation is wrecking havoc
all around the world. We should follow his advice in preserving our beautiful
planet. Mt Kailash and the Holy Lake Manasarovar is the abode of Lord Shiva – the
Himalayas, with all their splendour and beauty are nothing short of God. Let us all
join hands in protecting the Himalayas for generations to come
.

Padma Shri Capt MS Kohli, Everester and the leader of Indian expedition to Everest in 1965. Chairman, Himalayan Environment Trust.

A mountaineer, trekker, photographer and collector of all sorts of memorabilia, Rajinder Arora is a graphic designer by profession. His adventure travelogues have been published in Indian Mountaineer and online journals. His publications include an illustrated volume on Everest Base Camp; three poetry booklets for children in Hindi; besides short stories in English and Hindi. A passionate reader, Arora lives with his wife and children in Gurgaon, India.

Kailash: Jewel of the Snows by Rajinder Arora, Now on Amazon India, UK, Canada and USA

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Yuyutsu Sharma’s Poetry to be featured at Royal Kew Garden, London’s upcoming August, 2020 show, “Travel the World at Kew”

https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/travel-the-world-at-kew?fbclid=IwAR2jEEWgQsk_FqMQVy6NkH0O7b0NSK6Ok4xzRpw1L8-UqfbwifS5j-Qo8MY

Travel the World at Kew

Delve into the jungle, meditate in a Japanese Garden or meander amongst the Mediterranean olive groves. Explore the world 30 minutes from central London.

An illustration of global landscapes at Kew

DATE

From 3 July – 16 October 2020

LOCATION

Throughout the Gardens. Ask for a map on arrival.

PRICE

Included with entry. You must select a time slot for your visit in advanceBook your time slot

Satisfy your wanderlust at Kew this year. 

Bask in the glory of the Californian summer with our Redwood Grove. Get your Spanish holiday fix with our Mediterranean Garden. Adventure around Asia with our Japanese Garden or experience the Himalayas with our incredible Rhododendron Dell. 

Let the powerful fragrances of the Chinese Grove transport you thousands of miles away, or if you’re the adventurous type, explore the humid forests of Madagascar in our tropical glasshouse. 

Holidays might look a little different this year, but the scents and sights of Kew Gardens can whisk you away. 

This summer, create the holiday of a lifetime in a day. The world awaits you…

From 22 August

Nestled in our global garden, walk amongst poetry, prose, and illustrations from acclaimed writers from around the world. 

10 selected spots will be brought to life along with memories and sentiments from our own staff and volunteers.

Featuring work by:

  • Robert Montgomery
  • Joe Cottonwood
  • Nina Mingya Powles
  • Óscar Martín Centeno
  • Leo Boix
  • Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
  • Tamryn Bennett and Lyndsay Urquhart
  • Jini Reddy
  • Dara McAnulty
  • Yuyutsu RD Sharma
  • Toni Giselle Stuart 

Guidance about coronavirus

 

Second Edition of Dr. Hemant K Jha’s Hindu-Buddhist Festivals of Nepal Released

Hindu-Buddhist Festival of Nepal  Paperback – 2020 by JHemant K. Jha ISBN: 978-8182500662 Paperback pp 204  https://www.amazon.com/dp/8182500664?ref=myi_title_dp

Hindu-Buddhist Festival of Nepal documents a vibrant spectrum of the lucent moments of festivity and fraternity in the lives of Nepalese people. The author Hemanta K. Jha is a well known Nepalese culture critic. Not a day passes in Nepal without observing some festival. Considering festivals as great unifying factor in a culturally diverse Nepal, Jha explores the origin and evolution of the festivals and points out a syncretism of Hinduism and Buddhism in the celebrations. Employing mythological tales, Nepalese folklore, historical chronicles, mythological tales, popular legends and personal experiences from the day to day involvement in the Nepalese society, Jha narrates the awe-inspiring accounts of the festivals of Nepal where gods and demons interact with humans in their daily drudge to make them aware of the celestial and ‘just’ sources of existence. The book includes not just major Nepalese festivals celebrated in the Kathmandu valley like Ghode Jatra, Machchendranath Jatra, Ghantakarna, Gai Jatra and national festivals like Nepalese New Year, Mata Tritha Day Buddha Jayanti, Nag Panchami, Janai Purnima, Teej, Vijaya Dashmi and Tihar, it also focuses on the festival like Chhatha and Shree Panchami celebrated with special reverence in the Nepal Terai. Hemanta K. Jha’s Festivals of Nepal comes at a time when the traditional ritualized mode of Nepalese life is under the lethal threat of senseless modernization and globalization.

“Dr. Hemant Jha’s book has refreshed my memories. In his simple and lucid language, Dr. Jha has briefly described nineteen main festivals of Nepal… a very valuable book on Nepalese festivals.”

 –Dr Shaphalya Amatya, Author of Art and Culture of Nepal and Rana Rule in Nepal

Tuluminous: Poems Paperback by American poet, Rajni Shankar-Brown released

In this visionary and nourishing collection of poetry, grounded in Sanskrit roots and cross cultural experiences, Rajni Shankar-Brown creates juxtaposed portraits and transformative bridges. She examines the complexities of harrowing justice issues while also narrating the beauty of our shared humanity. Written with imagination and soulfulness, Shankar-Brown’s transcendent poems burst and bloom with the freshness and flavor of cardamom pods. TULUMINOUS voices layers of intersectional heartache and simultaneously replenishes our spirits. Shankar-Brown invites us to reflect on our own internal compasses, as well as the societal compasses in which they are situated. TULUMINOUS calls us to action, urging us to collectively build a more equitable and loving world.

Rajni Shankar-Brown during a portrait shoot for E-Learn Magazine at Stetson University on May 30, 2018 in DeLand, Florida. Photo/Scott A. Miller

“TULUMINOUS is a marvelous and meaningful testimony of the power of language to heal and transform.”–Richard Blanco

“A festival for the senses, the poetry of TULUMINOUS sparkles and undulates, roars and radiates, soothes but illustrates that we must never be soothed into stagnation. Rajni Shankar-Brown: poet laureate of the just society.”–Irshad Manji

“Rajni Shankar-Brown has given us not only a wonderful new word–tuluminous–but an equally inventive collection of poems. The verses glisten with the freshness and clarity of someone accustomed to swimming in two rivers, East and West. Awash with earned epiphanies, these poems are best sipped, not gulped. Better yet, sit back and them let wash over you like a cooling Monsoon rain.”–Eric Weiner

PRATIK MAGAZINE: CELEBRATING IRISH MUSE ISSUE LAUNCH IN DUBLIN, SLIGO AND SYDNEY

 

Amazon links:  

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0816X31BF?ref=myi_title_dphttps://www.amazon.in/dp/B0816X31BF?ref=myi_title_dp

DUBLIN

Thursday,  14 November: Dublin Launch of Pratik: Celebrating Irish Muse6.30pm-8.30pm with Jean O’Brien, Nessa O’Mahony, Eleanor Hooker, Anne Fitzgerald, Judith Mok, Jack Grady and Gerard Beirneat at 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, D01 E102, Phone: (+353) 1 872 1302, info@writerscentre.iehttps://irishwriterscentre.ie/products/launch-pratik-journal, FREE

SLIGO

Saturday, 16, November, 5 pm, Sligo Launch of Pratik Magazine from Nepal – Irish Poetry Issue Public, Elenaor Hooker, Fred Johnston, , Nuala O’Connor, Gerard Beirne at The Yeats Building, Sligo, Hyde Bridge, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo, Ireland, FREE Hosted by Creative & Academic Writing with Gerard Beirne

SYDNEY/AUSTRALIA

Saturday,16, November, Irish poetry joint launch: Blue Nib & Pratik international lit magazines, 5:00 -8 pmpm Garden Lounge creative space, Shop 1, 481 King Street, Newtown, New South Wales 2042,

Australia https://www.facebook.com/events/703770450128716/

Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing, Edited by Yuyutsu Sharma, Issue XVI/1, 2019

with a special Focus on Irish Poetry  curated by Hélène Cardona. Celebrating Irish Muse, 18 Poets from Ireland: Martina Evans, Thomas McCarthy, Eavan Boland, Steven O’Brien, Nuala O’Connor, Gerard Beirne, Elenaor Hooker, Tess Gallagher, Jack Grady, Nessa O’Mahony, Anne Casey, Fred Johnston, Mary Noonan, Patrick Cotter, Jean O’Brien, Anne Fitzgerald, Paul Casey, Judith Mok. Also featuring 10 Poets from Europe’s Cultural Compass along with 11 Long Island Poets celebrating the 200th birthday anniversary of Walt Whitman. Pratik is a purely non-profit literary publication and is published by White Lotus Book Shop, Kathmandu. Pratik has been publishing significant Nepalese voices from Nepal and abroad for last two decades. It has published works by distinguished authors from all over the world and published Special Issues focused on Contemporary British and Dutch Poetry. It has also carried special segments on Swedish, Lithuanian, Chinese, Indian, Ukrainian, French and Russian Poetry. Pratik is published quarterly.

Pratik is a purely non-profit literary publication and is published by White Lotus Book Shop, Kathmandu. Pratik has been publishing significant Nepalese voices from Nepal and abroad for last two decades. It has published works by distinguished authors from all over the world and published Special Issues focused on Contemporary British and Dutch Poetry. It has also carried special segments on Swedish, Lithuanian, Chinese, Indian, Ukrainian, French and Russian Poetry. Pratik is published quarterly.

FULL CONTENTS OF THE ISSUE

Celebrating Irish Muse

EIGHTEEN POETS FROM IRELAND

Martina Evans, Thomas McCarthy, Eavan Boland, Steven O’Brien, Nuala O’Connor, Gerard Beirne, Elenaor Hooker, Tess Gallagher, Jack Grady, Nessa O’Mahony, Anne Casey, Fred Johnston, Mary Noonan, Patrick Cotter, Jean O’Brien, Anne Fitzgerald, Paul Casey, Judith Mok.

“Doorway at Dusk: From Jeddah to New York”

American painter Vivian Tsao’s on her evolution as an Artist

EUROPEAN CULTURAL COMPASS

FEATURING TEN POETS
Aurėlia Lassaque – French-Occitan, Lászlo Sárközi – Hungarian-Roma, Edvīns Raups – Latvian, Adrian Oproiu – Romanian, Leta Semadini – German / Rhaeto-Romanic,  Pierre Voėlin – Swiss-French, Anahit Hayrapetyan – Armenia,  Vincenzo Bagnoli – Italian, Mandy Haggith – Scottish, İlhan Sami Çomak– Turki

ELEVEN LONG ISLAND POETS

ON WALT WHITMAN

Celebrating 200th Birth Anniversay of the American Bard

Peter V. Dugan, Barbara Novack, Mindy Kronenberg, Claire Nicolas White, Herb Wahlsteen, Kelly J Powell, Dd. Spungin, Linda Trott Dickman, Barbara Southard, Robert Savino, Ginger Williams

BOOK REVIEWS BY  JULIE WILLIAMS-KRISHNAN AND ROBERT MUELLER

Plus All Regular Columns
http://pratikmagazine.blogspot.com/

Mother’s Hand: Selected Poems — A Bilingual English/Nepali Anthology by Jidi Majia released

Mother’s Hand: Selected Poems — A Bilingual English/Nepali Anthology Paperback – 2019 by Jidi Majai  (Author), Yuyutsu RD Sharma (Translator)  ISBN: 978-8182500174 Paperback pp 96 https://www.amazon.com/dp/8182500176?ref=myi_title_dp

Jidi Majia is an internationally known Chinese poet and writer of the Yi nationality.

Translated from the Nepali by renowned Himalayan Poet, Yuyutsu RD Sharma, The Mother’s Hand is a marvelous bilingual selection of poems. The book bears testimony to a scared bond that there exists among the poets of the world, defying all borders, languages and creed. Majia evokes the indigenous world of his birth place, Greater Liangshan, Sichuan and of his Yi community along with a a celebration of contemporary China. Yuyutsu considers Jidi ‘a Chinese Himalayan poet’ and see the poet’s affinity with the mountain world as chief fountain of Majia’s creative world. These powerful translations shining with energy of the crystal clear Himalayan Rivers will leave a lasting impact on the readers of this ennobling bilingual book.

Jidi Majia … not only a wondrous poet but, as a cultural force for the transformation of the world through the infusions of the art of poetry, … deserving of the Nobel Prize for Literature, if ever any writer was deserving of it. In all the countries I’ve visited to read my works, I’ve never seen a more radiant homage to Poetry than what China has manifested through the energy of Jidi Majia.”

Jack Hirschman, American poet

“The poet has opened a door here that any one of us can walk through. What the Snow Leopard and his amanuensis, Jidi Majia, offer is an intelligence that transcends ethnicity, nationalism, even cultural epistemology.”

Barry Lopez, American author, essayist, and fiction writer on Jidi Majia’s I, Snow Leopard

“Jidi Majia’s poems and literary speeches are lyrical, rich in ideas and beautiful to read. His speeches read like maps of the world, and the road map to the spiritual development missing in the last decades as human beings mark great progress in technology.

Philo Ikonya, writer, journalist and human rights activist, Kenya

“Jidi Majia has never stopped being what he always was, a great soul who emerged from among an indigenous group in south western China and undertook to bridge his people’s ethos with the realities of the outer world. For Jidi Majia the project of articulating his identities as a Nuosu, as a Chinese, and as a world citizen are in no way mutually exclusive.

Denis Mair,  American poet and translator,

Jidi Majia is an internationally known Chinese poet and writer of the Yi nationality. He was born 1961 in Daliangshan, Sichuan and educated at Chinese Department, Southwest University for Nationalities. He has held several important positions including lieutenant-governor of Qinghai.  Currently, he serves as the president of China Minority Literary Association and permanent vice-president of China Poetry Association.

Widely traveled poet, Majia has published over 20 collections of poetry in many languages and has won many important literary prizes, both in China and abroad including the Zhuangzhong Literary Prize, the Sholokhov Memorial Medal, a Certificate for Outstanding Contributions in Poetry from the Bulgarian Writers Association and  the Rougang Poetry Achievement Award.

Since 2007, Majia has sponsored the biennial First Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival and chaired the Festival’s organizing committee. He is also director of the review committee for Gold Tibetan Antelope International Award for Poetry. Books of his poetry have been published in English, French, Spanish, Czech, Serbian, Korean, Polish, German and other languages. He has led numerous China Writers Association and China Youth delegations to participate in international activities.

New Release : Dancing in Place: Poems by S. Renay Sanders

Dancing in Place: Poems  by S. Renay Sanders ISBN  978-8182500488 Paperback pp 64 Rs 395

https://www.amazon.com/dp/8182500486?ref=myi_title_dp

https://www.amazon.in/dp/8182500486?ref=myi_title_dp

 

Chock full of song and timbre and truth on every page, Renay Sander’s Dancing in Place is an intimate look into the landscape of Northern Ohio’s working class. Metal lunch boxes, lace-up boots; women in pert party dresses with Bibles tucked safely in their purses, this collection showcases the realities, the courage and honor it takes for “hometown’ culture to survive urban growth. The way people living in these communities lean into one another to preserve the rich roots of where it all began – with the music. The tempo of the rain hitting the ground, the cadence of cicadas; from those early primal connections fixed in mountain music, to Polka, to Rock and Roll, to Up Town Funk.

“Believe me reader, you will feel the beat.” — Kari Gunter-Seymour Author of Serving, Poet Laureate, Athens, OH

“Dancing in Place delivers a generous serving of poetry from a lady with her sleeves rolled up at the all-night cafeteria across from the music club. Memories, characters, emotions, experience, all the ingredients. Savor the word song.” —Chuck Joy, Poet Laureate, Erie County PA

“Renay Sander’s poems celebrate post industrial Cleveland while hearkening back to her Appalachian roots. These are lyrics laced with wry humor and raw emotion that dance “in the light of the full now moon.” Feel their pull and sway.” —Ray MacNeice, author of Love Song for Cleveland, host of the Tongue-in-Groove poetry jam

The voice in Renay Sanders’ debut collection, Dancing in Place, is both knowing and pondering. Exploration of the ethereal realm of a veiled bridge or a ghostly fiddle bow is skillfully balanced against the tangible world of metal lunch boxes and AM radio in a parked car. These are poems of place: Cleveland’s blue collar, rock and roll history; a homespun mountain landscape; the inner life of spirit. The reader is guided into the particular atmosphere of each via the poet’s deft images, her clear and nearly audible voice.” Barbara Sabol, author of Solitary Spin